Timber Tones Plectrums are a new type of luxury guitar pick which are designed and sold within the UK. What makes these picks different from most others is that each one is finely crafted from one of 18 different exotic woods from around the world, with each having their own unique tone.
Each pick is shaped by machine to exacting specifications, which ensures that the only difference between each one is the wood that they are created from. Once they come off the production line each Timber Tone goes through a quality control checklist to ensure that they are up to scratch. After passing this initial scrutiny the picks are treated with wax which seals the wood and gives them a more grippy texture. Finally each pick is given a generous coating of Tung oil to help enhance the wood’s natural beauty.
“You’ve treated yourself to high end guitar equipment, now treat yourself to one of the best plectrums money can buy…” – TimberTones
I was sent a couple of sample packs of Timber Tones to try out and I’ve been busy putting them through their paces over the last couple of weeks. I was given an electric sample pack which contained four picks for electric guitar, and an acoustic sample pack which contained four picks for acoustic guitar…
The Electric Timber Tones
The Timber Tones included in the electric package were made from some of the harder woods on offer. The hardness of each wood is calculated using the Janka scale which measures the force required to embed an 11.28mm steel ball into wood to half the ball’s diameter. Included in the electric package were Lignum Vitae (4500), African Ebony (3320), Sonokeling (3080) and Bloodwood (2990). Take a look at some more detailed images below…
The hardest of the lot is the Lignum Vitae pick – my dad told me they used to make ship propeller shaft bearings out of this! It’s also very, very smooth, despite the rather crazy looking patterns and ridges running over it.
Most people will know what the African Ebony will feel like considering that it is used on many fingerboards. Due to its very tight grain it is as smooth as a button between the fingers.